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Hemolytic Anemia

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Hemolytic anemia is a condition that causes your red blood cells to die sooner than normal. Your bone marrow cannot make new red blood cells fast enough to replace the ones that have died. Hemolytic anemia can be a short-term or long-term problem.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 if:

  • You have chest pain.

Seek care immediately if:

  • You have shortness of breath, even when you rest.
  • You have trouble thinking clearly.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever, muscle aches, a cough, or sore throat.
  • You have signs of infection, such as redness, pain, or swelling in any part of your body.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash. Your medicine may be causing these symptoms.
  • You have blood in your urine.
  • You are dizzy or more tired than usual.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

  • Steroids may be given to decrease inflammation.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Self-care:

  • Rest as much as possible. Hemolytic anemia can cause you to feel more tired than usual.
  • Eat a variety of healthy foods. This may help you have more energy and heal faster. Healthy foods include fruit, vegetables, whole-grain breads, low-fat dairy products, beans, lean meat, and fish. Ask your healthcare provider if you need to be on a special diet.
  • Drink liquids as directed. Ask your healthcare provider how much liquid to drink and which liquids are best for you. For most people, good liquids are water, juice, and milk.
  • Exercise as directed. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you. Exercise can decrease your blood pressure and improve your health.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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